Disadvantage does not disappear when students walk through the doors of their university. By the end of 2026, we aim to have worked with our partners to support over 11,000 undergraduates to reach their full academic potential.
In recent years, a growing body of research has highlighted the inequalities that exist at undergraduate level. Some students are less likely to get good grades in their first year, more likely to drop out before their second year and less likely to graduate with a 1st or 2:1 in their final degree. The attainment gaps we see, even at the most competitive universities, are significant for less advantaged and underrepresented undergraduates.
We are mobilising our PhD researcher community to support students’ transition from school or college to university and to succeed once they get there.
Student success is a growing area of work for The Brilliant Club, and we have been building our expertise and experience in this area in recent years. The Office for Students has commissioned significant work to address barriers to student success, and the higher-education sector is facing the challenge of eliminating attainment gaps. This is where we believe The Brilliant Club can add the most value – enhancing achievement through academic support.
We are developing flexible models of academic support, mobilising our PhD tutors to build the academic knowledge, skills and confidence of students both before and after they make the transition to university.
We do this through: